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Vietnam
Celebration of past with modernity

Vietnam is a Southeast Asian country known for its exotic islands, beaches, national parks, temples and historical sites. Every part of Vietnam celebrates its complex history without losing touch with the modern world. Vietnam is home to breathtaking islets, traditional villages, lush green forests, unexplored grottoes, mystic caves and even sand dunes! Over the years the country has undergone massive development but it hasn't overshadowed their age-old culture and traditions. Thus, Vietnam strikes a perfect balance between the past and the future. 


Popular Cities:

  • Ho Chi Minh City

  • Hanoi

  • Can Tho

  • Hoi An

  • Da Nang


Countries
Vietnam
Climate
The climate of Vietnam is tropical which is dominated by monsoons. The best time to visit Northern Vietnam is in March-April and September-November whereas the Southern region can be visited between December to April for pleasant weather.

  • January — Cool
  • February — Cool
  • March — Cool
  • April — Dry
  • May — Wet
  • June — Wet
  • July — Wet
  • August — Wet
  • September — Wet
  • October — Wet
  • November — Dry
  • December — Cool
Things to do
City Life

Ho Chi Minh City is the main hub in the southern region. The dynamic cityscapes reflect the country’s past and future. The Chinese neighborhood known as Cho Lon is worth a visit Binh Tay Market and Thien Hau Pagoda. Ho Chi Minh City is an excellent place to experience the vibrant nightlife in Vietnam. Buon Ma Thuot, the coffee capital of Vietnam, is an ideal place to experience the rustic charm of the country. To enjoy quaint nightlife away from bustling cities you can visit Hoi An. This ancient coastal town reflects old world charm through its ancient style buildings and architectural marvels. Ha Noi has its roots deep into the country’s colonial history. As you pass the colonial facades and historical places the past is subconsciously merged with the present. Yet, the city will surprise you with its modern cafes, rooftop bars and world-class restaurants. 


Historical Places

Vietnam has a long war history which must be explored by everyone. The Military History Museum provides a glimpse into the past of this country through its exhibitions of military weapons. The War Remnants Museum displays a variety of armoured vehicles, weapons, tanks, and artillery items. There is also a separate section displaying photographs and posters of different global anti-war movements. Imperial Citadel of Thang Long is a vintage fortress that resembles the remnants of Vietnamese military power. It houses different relics of palaces, age-old roads, coins and war remnants. To learn about the different ethnic groups of Vietnam, you must visit the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. Constructed in 1997, this museum's architecture further enhances the brilliance of its exhibitions. Saigon Opera House, built in 1897, is an architectural marvel where you can enjoy ballet, symphony orchestra and opera performances. The Complex of Hue Monuments, Tomb of Khai Dinh, Cu Chi Tunnels, Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Central Post Office, Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum are some of the other places with immense historical importance. 


Nature & Adventure
Ha Long Bay is a picturesque destination housing numerous wave-eroded limestone caves, grottoes, and sinkhole lakes. Surrounded by nature, pristine blue water, karsts and marine cliffs, Ha Long Bay is one of the most popular places to visit in Vietnam. The prime attraction of this bay is the Sung Sot Cave. This mystical cave is adorned with unique rock formations including Buddha, phallus and a tortoise. Deep water soloing in Lan Ha Bay, HaLong Bay and Butterfly Island has become extremely popular. Mui Ne is a fishing village and also is home to the magnificent White and Red Sand Dunes. You can hire a quad bike to chase the sunset. During the day, you can make the most out of the endless dunes. Hot air ballooning is also quite famous here. Sapa is one of the most beautiful hill stations in Vietnam. Situated at a height of 1500 meters, Sapa is known for its high cultural diversity, Silver Waterfall, expansive cultivation of rice and ethnic hill tribes. It offers splendid views of the surrounding nature. A 6-kilometer cable car will take you to the summit of Mount Fansipan, the highest peak in the region. The views from the ‘Roof of Indochina’ are absolutely stunning.
Islands

Phu Quoc Island is the biggest island in Vietnam known for its beautiful sand beaches and palm trees. There are hundreds of resorts offering amazing recreational facilities that ensure you relax and unwind. You can explore the smaller islands surrounding this main island on kayaks and boats all the while enjoying splendid views of the setting sun and tranquil waves. You can even go fishing in the fishing village and get to immerse yourself in the unique culture of the island. Con Dao Islands are an archipelago of 15 uninhabited islets situated in the southern coast of Vietnam. Out of these only Con Son is inhibited. Each of these islets offer expansive beaches shaded with evergreen trees. The hiking trails in the isolated main island makes it even more adventurous. Cu Lao Cham Island is known for being rich in marine biodiversity. The amazing landscapes call for adventure activities such as scuba diving, swimming, snorkelling and coral spotting. Cat Ba Island, the largest island in Halong Bay, is a hub for adventurous water sports. If you seek solitude, rent a kayak or speedboat to Lan Ha Bay and Monkey Island, where the beaches are quieter. Some other scenic islands include Hon Tre Island and Ly Son in Central Vietnam, Vung Tau Island, Ba Lua Islands and Nam Du Island in South Vietnam.


Beaches

Blessed with so many islands, Vietnam is home to many scenic beaches. My Khe Beach in Da Nang, Ong Lang Beach in Phu Quoc, Lang Co Beach in Hue, An Hai Beach in Con Dao Island and An Bang Beach in Hoi An are some of the most serene beaches in Vietnam that are perfect to enjoy the tropical weather of the country to its fullest. 


Nature & Wildlife
Situated in North Central Vietnam, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It's home to sparkling underground rivers, mystic caves, lush green forests and old karst mountains. Son Doong, the largest cave in the world, is located in this park. Explore its grandeur from the inside and make memories that will last forever. Besides witnessing its rich flora and fauna, adventure seekers can push up their adrenaline levels through many activities such as mountain climbing, trekking, canoeing and kayaking. Ba Be National Park is home to over 550 plant varieties, more than 350 types of butterflies and 65 types of mammal including the rare Vietnamese Salamander, Rhesus Macaque, Slow Loris, Chinese Pangolin and European Otter. You can get around this reserve by trekking the adventurous trails that bring you astounding vistas. The prime attractions of this park such as Ba Be Lake and Dau Dang Waterfall are delightful sights for nature lovers. Cat Tien National Park, situated in the southern region, is another popular weekend destination owing to its exotic flora and fauna. It's home to many types of tropical birds, animals such as Silver Langur, Yellow-cheeked Gibbons, and Black-shanked Douc. The park is also famous for the scope of adventure activities such as mountain biking and trekking. Pu Luong National Reserve is one of the best destinations for nature and adventure lovers. Trekking through its verdant forests will definitely make you feel the adrenaline rush and innate serenity. Bach Ma National Park and Yok Don National Park are other famous flora and fauna reserves in Vietnam.
Places of Worship
One of the oldest Chinese temples in Ho Chi Minh City, Thien Hau Temple is an ideal place for solitude speakers. The temple is dedicated to the Lord of the Sea known as Thien Hau. The divine aroma of incense sticks and candles flickering on the altar makes you forget all your worries. Tran Quoc Pagoda is the largest Buddhist Temple in Hanoi. The grand structure is adorned with a museum and an incense burning house. Ba Dinh Pagoda is home to nearly 500 intricately carved statues of Buddha. Located in Hoi An, Phuoc Lam Pagoda is a paradise for architecture enthusiasts and peace seekers. Phu Cam Cathedral is one of the biggest churches in Vietnam. Other beautiful places of worship include Quan Cong Temple, Pagoda of the Celestial Lady, Cao Dai Temple, Mariamman Hindu Temple.
How to spend time / how long will it take?

A major part of all three regions of Vietnam can be explored in 5 to 8 days. Starting from Ho Chi Minh City, you can spend a day or two exploring the city, majestic islands, pristine beaches, national parks, and nearby tourist attractions. Moving upwards, explore the central highlands and ancient towns such as Hoi An and Nha Trang. There are several historical sites, beaches, and famous local markets in this region. Further, to the last part of your trip, explore the northern region as it is graced with bountiful nature and historical places. You can spend a day in Hanoi exploring the city, its heritage sites, temples and lake. If you seek adventure then spending a day or two experimenting with different adventurous activities at Ha Long Bay and Sapa will make your trip memorable. 


Cuisine
  • Cuisine of Vietnam (Vietnamese) is extremely flavorful, simple and has a traditional touch to it which varies subtly by region. Each Vietnamese dish has a distinctive flavour that will stay with you for a long time. Some of the famous dishes include Pho, Banh Xeo, Cao Lau, Goi cuon, Bun bo nam bo, among others. Cha ca is so popular and good that there is a street named after it in Hanoi.
Costs
  • In general, the cost of food in Vietnam can be around VND 50,000 (USD 2.18) per meal.
Visa
  • Indians can get Visa on arrival
  • Other nationalities may or may not require a Visa
Season to Visit
  • December
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • September
  • October
  • November

Typical Duration to Visit
  • 5 - 8 days

Known For
  • Markets
  • Beaches
  • Islands
  • Traditional Villages
  • Caves
  • Historical Sites
  • War History
Areas to Visit
  • Islands in Southern Vietnam - Phu Quoc Island, Con Dao Islands, Ba Lua Islands etc
  • Ha Long Bay for beaches, nature, karsts & adventure
  • Ho Chi Minh City for nightlife & historical places
  • Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park for nature, wildlife and Son Doong Cave

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